Recognizing one of the most difficult challenges for those facing cancer is telling their young children or grandchildren that they are sick, The Gathering Place, and Ohio cancer support center, has designed a unique, customizable tool to help foster these conversations.
“Someone I Love is Sick” is the first tool of its kind designed to help children ages two through six cope with a parent’s or grandparent’s cancer. It uses colorful, age-appropriate illustrations and simple statements that focus on the feelings and realities of cancer situations in a non-threatening manner. The tool is meant to offer educational information while initiating a safe, open conversation between parent and child during every point of the cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment, recurrence, hospitalization, etc.
The book’s pages are unbound, so parents and professionals can arrange pages based on the stage of the cancer journey and the family’s specific situation. Oft-addressed emotions and questions are explored, including “Can I catch cancer?” “Mommy will be getting a special treatment,” and “Did I cause your cancer?”
“Someone I Love is Sick” has been endorsed by Lance Armstrong and those in the healthcare community and will be donated to more than 500 hospitals and cancer centers nationwide. It is also available for public purchase in two versions (grandparent’s and parent’s), with all of the proceeds supporting those touched by cancer.